Friday, March 19, 2010

Return to King & Talbot


No longer the same
London, ON, March 2009
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This building keeps calling me. I first shot its old, nearly-abandoned beauty a couple of years back. When I returned on a cold, late winter late afternoon, it hadn't really changed all that much.

No more. I drove by a few months back and the building, whose second floor had long been forgotten - a common thing in downtown London, apparently...pity - was being rebuilt. A quick glance through the structure confirmed that it wouldn't look any thing like its old self once the cladding came down. I smiled at the prospect of old buildings being lovingly restored, and made a mental note to return with my camera.

Your turn: Why do we preserve old buildings?

5 comments:

Mama Zen said...

Lovely shot. Such pretty colors and textures.

MB said...

Old buildings have so much more character than the glass boxes they build these days. I love looking at all the ornate detail of the old buildings. Nobody would take the time to do that kind of work these days.

Hope the tea worked its magic and you are feeling better.

Anonymous said...

I think we preserve old buildings so that we can keep in touch with the past. Old buildings have so much more detail and character, and in many cases it seems like more work, sweat and tears, as well as more thought, went into them. That's not necessarily the case, but the romantic in me likes to think that these buildings were meant to stand the test of time and will remain forever. Some people do take up the charge, and save these building, while others disappear into rubble. Hardly a fitting end for some of these majestic buildings.

Anonymous said...

I think we preserve old buildings so that we can keep in touch with the past. Old buildings have so much more detail and character, and in many cases it seems like more work, sweat and tears, as well as more thought, went into them. That's not necessarily the case, but the romantic in me likes to think that these buildings were meant to stand the test of time and will remain forever. Some people do take up the charge, and save these building, while others disappear into rubble. Hardly a fitting end for some of these majestic buildings.

theMuddledMarketPlace said...

quite obviously people preserve old building so that folks like me can stroll along and stare at them for hours on end

then walk away again